Loudoun County, Virginia’s top prosecutor has participated in the Facebook group whose members infamously created a list of parents who disagreed with school system policies with the intention to “hack,” “infiltrate,” and “expose” them, according to new screenshots.
Since The Daily Wire exposed the group March 16, triggering national outrage, members of the “Anti-Racist Parents of Loudoun County” have doubled down, and now appear to be gathering information about the children of at least one adult.
“Anyone else with the racist TikTok’s from you know who’s kids please PM me. Especially more with the N-word. TYIA,” group administrator Jamie Ann Neidig-Wheaton posted on April 30.
When another member responded to this post by saying we have to “fight this s**t together,” Buta Biberaj, the county’s top prosecutor, said “exactly. You are where we need you.”
Members of the group previously compiled a list that included the names, locations, and in some cases employers and spouses’ names, of people they said disagreed with school policies, though the conversation spent little time discussing the substance of critics’ arguments.
“I’m losing any hope that remaining civil towards these people changes anything,” one member, Jen Durham, wrote. “Avoiding these people isn’t enough to stop the spread of their evil rhetoric.”
Durham called for members to add to a list of parents in part so “hackers… can either shut down their websites or redirect them to pro-[Critical Race Theory]/anti-racist informational webpages.”
The most prolific participant in the list creation was Hilary Hultman-Lee, a former Loudoun teacher. Hultman-Lee was the first to comment in the April 30 thread to which Biberaj responded.
Sheriff Mike Chapman opened an investigation into the group’s activities in March. “The [Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office] continues to examine the law in relation to these messages, and work with social media platforms to clearly identify those participating in these and other related communications,” his office told ABC affiliate WJLA May 19 about the investigation into the Facebook group.
Crimes his office identifies would typically go to Biberaj’s office for prosecution. Kraig Troxell, a spokesman for the sheriff, did not return a request for comment from The Daily Wire on how the conflict of interest would be handled.
In 2019, Biberaj defeated Republican incumbent prosecutor Nicole Wittmann 51% to 49% after a political action committee funded by George Soros spent an unprecedented $845,000 on the local race on her behalf. Wittmann raised $113,000.
Despite the lack of a decisive mandate, Biberaj has heavily politicized the law enforcement office.
On Facebook, her profile picture shows her holding hands with Joe Biden, with the words “Biden-Harris: Battle for the soul of the nation.”
On Twitter, she praises big-city anti-police district attorneys such as Chesa Boudin of San Francisco, Larry Krasner of Philadelphia, and George Gascon of Los Angeles — even though Loudoun, a semi-rural county west of Washington, D.C. with the highest median income in the nation, is hardly a large, progressive city.
In January, she signed a letter from “progressive prosecutors” to the state legislature asking for “automatically expunging certain criminal records free of charge after individuals have maintained a clean record for an amount of time that corresponds to the severity of their offense” and ending cash bail in order to produce “more equitable outcomes.”
Biberaj produces a weekly podcast that frequently focuses on political activism. In the last month, episodes included “The Virginia Grassroots,” “The Power of Loudoun Influencers & Nonprofits,” and “Vanessa Maddox.” Maddox is a racial consultant and fellow member of the “anti-racist” group.
Before she was elected, Biberaj was an official with the local NAACP. As prosecutor, she charged a supporter of Donald Trump with assault for exhaling on an anti-Trump protester while he was not wearing a mask, then permitted the resolution of the case by having him donate $3,000 to the NAACP, which was not a party in the incident.
After divisive policies in Loudoun caused acrimony that reached the national media, Biberaj called Tucker Carlson an “unhappy white male.”
Loudoun’s Democrat-dominated board of supervisors was initially on board with Biberaj’s progressive approach to law enforcement. After voters chose Chapman, a Republican, as sheriff, the board explored neutering the elected office and replacing it with a police department that reported to the board rather than voters.
But Democrats have since become frustrated with the results of Biberaj’s policies, saying there was a drop in prosecutions of predators, such as domestic abusers.
Biberaj dressed up her policies in fluffy language, but the supervisors said it didn’t correspond to what was really happening.
“The things that I am hearing do not comport with what you are saying, especially when it comes to domestic violence, abuse, and partner abuse,” county chairwoman Phyllis Randall, a Democrat, told the paper. “In fact, the things that I am hearing, the letters I have, the emails I have, the text message screenshots I have would curl somebody’s toes to look at them.”
Of 39 staff in the office, 17 left in the first 13 months of her administration, Loudoun Now reported. “That is a staggering turmoil in the office,” Democratic supervisor Michael R. Turner told the paper.
Biberaj didn’t seem bothered, saying, “In essence, what we have done is we have built a whole new law firm.”
Neidig-Wheaton, who authorized “counter-activities” on behalf of the “Anti-Racist” group as group administrator, is a former George Mason University adjunct professor and human resources consultant for the federal government. According to public records, in 2012, she was arrested on charges of trespassing and assault, which were later dropped.
Asked for comment about her request for “racist TikTok’s from you know who’s kids,” she told The Daily Wire, “I would prefer not to respond to that by releasing threats that include a possible racially motivated school shooting.”
Kendra Glover, a spokeswoman for Biberaj, did not respond to questions about Biberaj’s participation in the group and how the prosecutor separates her political activism from her law enforcement activities.
Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) Interim Superintendent Scott Ziegler wrote March 19: “It has come to my attention that individuals, including some identifying themselves as LCPS employees, have made statements across social media about parents and their thoughts about the school division’s equity work. LCPS recognizes the right of its employees to free speech, but does not condone anyone targeting members of the community for their viewpoint.”
But the statement also said “LCPS’ work on equity is a journey that requires the commitment of staff at all levels.”
On March 26, the LCPS Minority Student Achievement Advisory Council, a semi-official body behind much of the controversial racial policies, wrote that “we can and will silence the opposition.”
— Ian Prior (@iandprior) May 18, 2021
On May 18, Ian Prior, who leads Fight For Schools, a parents’ advocacy group which is demanding the recall of school board members, published documents indicating that the school system had created a hotline for parents and students to anonymously report people who allegedly displayed “bias.”
“LCPS Office of Equity is providing parents and students a link to a Share, Speak Up, Speak Out form that will be used to capture incidents of bias in an anonymous manner,” it said.
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